Thousands of festival goers watched as an acrobat plunged to his death at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid on Friday before the punk band Green Day took the stage. The group began their headlining set 30 minutes after the fatal fall, drawing an instant backlash on social media.
Green Day tweeted a statement on Friday claiming the band members heard of the tragic incident only after their set ended.
In a statement released on Friday on Green Day’s website, Billie Joe Armstrong, the guitarist and vocalist, said local authorities ordered the band to delay its performance for security reasons. He reiterated that the band was not informed about the acrobat’s death at the time.
“All of us were in disbelief. I don’t know why the authorities chose not to tell us about the accident before our concert,” Mr. Armstrong wrote. “If we had known prior to our performance, we most likely would not have played at all. We are not heartless people.”
More Details From: The New York Times